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Mexico detains over 46,000 migrants in two months

Mexico City: Mexico said on Wednesday it has detained more than 45,000 undocumented immigrants in the past two months, as it seeks to show Washington it is taking action to reduce migration across their shared border.
The Mexican government promised in June to take “unprecedented” steps to slow a recent surge of Central American migrants crossing its territory to the United States, after President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on the country.
Eager to show results, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico had detained 46,616 migrants from June 8 to August 11, after deploying 21,000 National Guardsmen to bolster security on its borders. Trump’s tariff threat has placed Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the awkward position of now having to crack down on migration. (AFP)

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